FTJ Family Springtime Parade

couple riding a car in a parade

On April 17 we hosted a Family Parade and it was so much fun!  During this time of no visitors, families were invited to drive our parade route so they could set eyes on their loved ones while still staying socially distant.  We lined the parade route with 200 colorful flower pinwheels, and gave our residents silly hats to wear, balloons, noise makers and streamers to wave.  Our independent residents sat on their porches, balconies and along the parade route.  Residents in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Memory Care were brought outside in the glorious sunshine and lined the different driveways.  Nearly all our residents were outside for the parade lining our 20-acre campus, and everyone was six feet apart and wearing masks.

We didn’t know what to expect, maybe a dozen cars, 20 at best.  We ended up with 100 vehicles which included cars, bikes, motorcycles, Vespas and even a tandem bike.  The families went all out, decorating the vehicles with balloons, flowers, handmade signs etc. honking all the way through campus. 

Employees were out with streamers and flags, waving at the cars, thanking everyone for coming.  The families were thanking the staff for doing this.  It was so heartwarming and lovely to watch.  Even the Daffodil Princesses were here, their only parade of the year.  One team member put it so well, “If anyone wonders what love looks like, all they had to do was watch the parade.” 

Thank you to everyone who participated, and for bringing so much heartwarming joy and uplifting spirits in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic!

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